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Project SG Challenge: Stay motivated to scrap your current photos! Post your 2011 layouts in the Project SG Challenge Gallery to earn one point per layout each month. You can earn up to four points per month this way! Earn a bonus point each month by attending the monthly Project SG Chat! Each point gives you an entry into a quarterly drawing for a special prize! And at the end of the year, each month that you participated in will earn you an entry into the Grand Prize drawing for a 12 X 12, 52 page Keepsakes photobook from Color, Inc! Our second quarterly drawing winner will be announced in the Saturday, July 9th Newsletter.
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Article written by Syndee Nuckles
Mix and Match Digital Layout and Album Templates
Do you find yourself short on time or lacking inspiration when you sit down to do a layout? Do you have several sets of ScrapSimple Digital Layout and Album Templates, but you want to be a bit more creative? Then I have the solution for you!
Scrap Girls has a wide variety of Layout and Album Templates to choose from, and when you combine the elements and pieces, the design possibilities are truly endless! I get excited just thinking about it! That’s one of the things I love about our Scrap Simple line of products: They can all be mixed and matched, no rules, no mess, just great design!
Okay, let’s mix and match!
First, I opened up two Digital Layout Template PSD files: one from ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Album Series 11 by Angie Briggs and one from ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album: Favorites 1 by Brandy Murry.
Next, I dragged the photo mask layer from Brandy's template over on top of the rounded paper template on Angie's template. I clipped them together by going up to my Layer menu and scrolling down to select Create Clipping Mask.
Then I made a selection of the rounded paper template. Next, I selected my photo mask layer and hit Delete. Then I selected the original rounded paper template in my Layers Palette and clicked on the Eye icon to hide it. We won't need it.
Now the fun begins! Continue layering the template pieces with papers and add drop shadows to add realism.
Next, add embellishments, word art, and journaling. Notice that I also used the swirls from Brandy's template to add even more pizazz!
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Album Series 11, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album: Favorites 1 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.
For the next layout, I used ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Gallery by Thao Cosgrove and ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 - Favorites 2 by Brandy Murry.
I used the frames from Thao's templates, and the swirls, leaves, and flowers from Brandy's.
Next, I layered the template pieces with papers and added word art. I love how this layout turned out! It was so easy, and you can come up with so many different variations. It's so much fun!
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album: Favorites 2, ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Gallery and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Butterfly Shadows 6301 Mini are also available.
Don't stop at Digital Layout Templates. Pull out your embellishment, word art, and alpha templates, too! I hope this inspires you to mix, match, and combine all your ScrapSimple Templates.
Until next time!
Scrap Girls, Etc. is a weekly column pulling bits and pieces from all over Scrap Girls. Stay tuned each week as Scrap Girls' team members bring you tutorials, musings, recipes, interviews, design/software tips and tricks, layout walk-throughs, and who knows what else!
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Layout by Brandy Murry
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using September's ScrapSimple Club
Layout by Brandy Murry
using September's ScrapSimple Club
Journaling about Favorite Snacks
Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop CS5 with Windows 7
It's pretty rare to see me in a layout. Shoot, it's rare to see me in photos at all! Do I want my kids to look back someday and say, "My mom was at all these places she scrapbooked for us, but she was always behind the camera, and that's why we don't know much about her."
No, I don't. But that doesn't mean the camera is going to magically start focusing on me. (That would be beyond my control, I'm afraid.) But I can create layouts about me. I want my family to remember me, and that includes the little things. So when the opportunity was presented to write an article and create a layout about favorite snacks, I was thrilled!
Okay, so I'm not a snacker. I had to think outside the box a little bit, but that's okay. One day, my kids will see this layout after I'm gone and remember sharing a cup of my favorite tea with me when they were little. And now they'll know the story behind it, too!
So go out there and create some layouts about you!
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Digital Layout Album Templates: 12x12 Mini Clusters, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Lace It Up, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Mega Lift II - Circular Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Actions: Mega Lift III - Linear Biggie and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 are also available.
Article written by Shari Payne
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NSBR Chat - Early Edition
Thursday, September 15th - 2:00PM MDT
What is NSBR? It's a non-scrapbooking related chat! We talk about everything, including some scrapbooking and usually chocolate. It's a great chance to meet new friends, catch up on what everyone is up to, and just relax! If you have a problem, we'll lend an ear or a shoulder to cry on. Have some great news to share? We'd love to celebrate with you. So join Pat (PBarnes) at 2pm MT in the chat room Lobby! Hope to see you there!
Thursday, September 15th - 6:00PM MDT
Do you have boxes of heritage photos just waiting to be restored and scrapped? Are there family stories just waiting for you to write down and preserve? Then this is the crop for you! Join April (April Showers) and Carla (CRS) at 6pm MT for the Heritage Crop and Chat! We'll help you get motivated to scrap those heritage photos and record your family stories for future generations to enjoy.
What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, September 16th - 9:00AM MDT
Join April (April Showers) and Theresa (teecee) at 9am MT on Friday mornings to chat about all the wonderful new products in the Scrap Girls Boutique! What are your favorite new items? Is your shopping basket full? What did you kaboodle? Have you already done layouts or other projects with your new goodies? Come tell the designers how much you love their work! You never know who will show up. There's a thread every Thursday, and now there's a chat too!
Quote Challenge Crop
Monday, September 19th - 2:00PM MDT
Come join Pat (PBarnes) for the Quote Challenge Crop at 2pm MT. Including a quote on your layout can be a touching and meaningful addition, especially if you use the quote to create your own word art. Early on Monday, Pat will post a thread on the Chat section of the board giving you the quote that you will use to make your own word art. It's not hard, and she will have a layout with a Word Art example in the gallery. Then we'll meet in the chat room to have fun, chat, and create our Word Art layout! Everyone can participate and create a layout, even if you can't make the chat. Hope to see you there!
New Member Chat - Early Edition
Tuesday, September 20th - 1:00PM MDT
Faith Journey Chat
Tuesday, September 20th - 6:00PM MDT
Join Elisha (elibar) and Lei (Bride) for a Faith Journey Chat on the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm MT. All faiths are welcome! We'll be chatting and scrapping about our individual faith walk and how we also walk together. Watch the message board for this month's topic of discussion, and if you like - create a layout based on the topic!
Tuesday, September 20th - 7:00PM MDT
Join Shannon (tinkerbell11) and Ashleigh (caprimom) in the chat room for this month's addition of the UFO Chat. This is where you get help from a layout designer to finish a layout you are struggling with. Share your UFO layout, and Ashleigh will have tips ready for you!
September Message Board Game: Posting Contest!
It's that time again - Posting Contest time! This is where you are rewarded for your flying fingers and chattiness. The Contest will run from September 1st when we post the thread to September 30th at 12:00 Midnight (MST).
To enter the Message Board Posting Challenge, you MUST reply in the game thread with your CURRENT post count. This is the number under your Avatar that shows when you post. (NOTE: Do not post the number found on your profile; it is a different number that is calculated differently.) During the month, chat your fingers off! At Midnight on September 30th, we will calculate your post count based on the numbers posted in the original thread.
Members with Message Board posts over 50 will be put in a drawing for a $5 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate. Members with Message Board posts over 200 will be put in a drawing for both the $5 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate and a $10 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate. Members with Message Board posts over 400 will be put in a drawing for a $15 Scrap Girls Gift Certificate, as well as the $5 and $10 Gift Certificates.
For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
September Monthly Layout Contest: The children are headed back to school, and there is a sense of learning in the air! For the September Layout Contest, share your layouts about learning a new skill! We'd love to see the stories about someone in your life learning and growing. Remember when your little one learned to ride a bicycle or your teenager learned to drive a car? Or how about when you learned to use your digital scrapbooking software? Share those layouts in the September Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MT on September 30th. Be sure to list your credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. Two layouts will be selected to win a $10 Gift Card to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
Club Concepts Layout Contest: Post your new layout using the current club selection (either the Scrap Girls Club or the ScrapSimple Club) in our Scrap Girls Club Members Gallery or the ScrapSimple Club Members' Gallery. Be sure to list all of the Scrap Girls products you used. If your layout is chosen, it will be showcased as a Club Concepts layout winner, and you will win a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
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